Towards the end of summer I was extremely happy to be back in Sweden and the beautiful town of Mariefred. The town in itself is such a cute little village, if you’ve seen or read any of Astrid Lindgren’s children’s books (the author of Pippi Longstocking) this town is it. But it wasn’t actually the beautiful location that took my breath away, it was Therese and Patrick, and the fact that I got to spend the day with them for their small, personal and loving wedding.
There’s really only a few things in life that really matters. One could argue what those are, and it’s all relative in the end. But for sure, for all of us, love is one of them. And as much as love looks and feels different to many of us, it’s not hard to define really, because when you see it and when you feel it, you know it.
And for this beautiful crispy, clear summers day in Scandinavia there was an abundance of love. Unpretentious love. Love that unfolds from that pure place of care and affection. Love that doesn’t try to be anything but what it actually is. Unconditional love. Love that shines and love that lasts.
T + P, You guys! You’re lovely! And so loved! What a beautiful day it was. The weather was perfect. The location, The details. Your friends and family. So lovely, all of it! I truly enjoyed spending time with you guys and getting to know you both better. It was emotional at times, but in the best of ways. I love your little family and how great you are together. Take lot’s of care of each other!
Lot’s of love, always! A
When I met with Jessica & Matthew a few days before their wedding we had a good long chat about their plans for the wedding. “We’ve planned an Italian inspired wedding day”, they said. Olive trees, lemons, gelato, Limoncello shots and a Fiat 500. Clearly in love with Italy, but with a desire to hold the wedding on the family grounds in the English countryside.
The weather In England had been on and off all summer and there really wasn’t any knowing how this Saturday in July was going to turn out. Jessica’s family had planned and organised an outdoor reception in their Suffolk country home, with drinks on the lawn and the wedding breakfast to be held in a marquee on the grounds.
When my friend, who’s also a photographer, asked me to document her daughters wedding I instantly said yes.
Yes because I wanted my friend to relax and enjoy this day with her family knowing I was there to capture it all. Yes, because I was honoured that she’d asked me. And yes because, as always, there’s no better feeling than to be part of something spectacular, to be an observer and a preserver of memories.
Jessica & Matthew got married on one of the hottest summer days of 2016, and it could not had been a better day for it!
It was perfect. Nothing rarely is, and there’s a lot of beauty in the imperfection too, but it really was perfect.
The weather for sure, the location, the dress, the picturesque walk across the meadow from church to reception, the fiat 500, the corn fields, the music, the food, the limoncello shots, the dance off, the cake. All of it. Perfect!
J + M, what a wedding! So. Much. Fun! You guys are great and just all around lovely. As are your family and friends. Thank you for having me be a part of your wedding and your terrific day, I enjoyed it so very much and I’m so happy that it became everything you wanted and more.
As always, much love and appreciation, and especially to the very best Ingrid Simons for working together with me on this wedding, Anna
This beautiful wedding venue, situated on the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, on the French Riviera, is a regular venue for me. I’m in love with this place and so honoured to come back here again and again to photograph weddings. For this recent wedding I particularly loved the setup. Planned to perfection by the lovely Wedding Planners Monaco. Love the beautiful lighting, long tables and an ocean of flowers by the talented Wayne & Jeff at Wayneriley Flowers